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Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Friday, 26 April 2002

BRIEFING NOTE ON THE PREPARATORY MEETING OF THE EXPERT GROUP ON TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
22 APRIL 2002

Editor's Note: This Briefing Note was prepared by Chris Spence, chris@iisd.org, for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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The preparatory meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) took place on 22 April 2002 at the office of the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO) in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Expert Group on Technology Transfer was established by Parties at the Seventh Conference of Parties (COP-7) to the UNFCCC, held in Marrakesh in November 2001 (decision 4/CP.7). At the Expert Group�s preparatory meeting, which was attended by fourteen Party members, delegates aimed to begin the Group�s activities by electing its officers and exchanging views on possible elements for a programme of work.

The preparatory meeting was opened by Halldor Thorgeirsson, Chair of the UNFCCC�s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Participants elected Jukka Uosukainen (Finland) as Chair of the Expert Group, and William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu (Ghana) as Vice Chair.

Following the election of officers, the Expert Group was briefed on progress made and the status of work on technology transfer. Delegates considered a report on the outcome of the Technology Information Workshop held in Beijing from 18-19 April, noting the constructive discussions, which will be considered up by SBSTA in June 2002 at the Sixteenth Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB-16). Regarding the possible dates and venues of its future meetings, the Expert Group agreed to convene on 3 and 8 June during SB-16, and proposed 17-18 October as tentative dates to meet prior to SB-17.

On possible elements of a work programme and expected outputs for 2002, participants considered the framework outlined in the Annex to the COP-7 decision on technology transfer (decision 4/CP.7). The Expert Group requested the UNFCCC Secretariat to prepare a draft work programme for 2002-2003 and possibly beyond, for consideration at SB-16. The Expert Group will seek to agree on this work programme at its meeting on 3 June.

On rules and procedures, the Expert Group considered rules it could adopt in addition to those agreed by Parties at COP-7. In particular, participants considered the possible involvement of international organizations, resource person, and other observers at its meetings. Discussion on this matter will continue on 3 June. Members also agreed to establish an internet-based forum for continuing dialogue on the issues taken up during this preparatory meeting.

� IISD 2002

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